Body Heat (1981)
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Average Rating: 8.2/10
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Lawrence Kasdan's first directorial effort is a throwback to the early days of film noir. The scene is a beastly hot Florida coastal town, where naive attorney Ned (William Hurt) is entranced by the alluring Matty (Kathleen Turner in her film debut). Ned is manipulated into killing Matty's much older husband (Richard Crenna), the plan being that Ned's knowledge of legal matters will enable both conspirators to escape scott-free. This might have been the case, had not Matty been infinitely
Aug 28, 1981 Wide
Nov 18, 1997
Warner Home Video
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Lawrence Kasdan's 1981 noir fable is highly derivative in its overall conception, but it finds some freshness in its details.
Though Lawrence Kasdan's film is set in today's South Florida, its characters move through an atmosphere that suggests the confluences of decor and demeanor in a 1940s film noir.
There's no denying the narrative confidence that brings the film to its unfashionably certain double-whammy conclusion.
While Body Heat involves murder, fraud, a weak hero led astray and a seductive, double-dealing broad, it also incorporates something new: a sexual explicitness that the old films could only hint at.
Body Heat is good enough to make film noir play like we hadn't seen it before.
Steamy, explicit and highly-charged film noir reworked with an 1980s gloss.
Still regarded as one of the steamiest movie's of all time, Body Heat is a fantastic exponenet of how noir has developed.
An excellent crime drama in the style of Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, and Dashiell Hammett.
The setup is classic noir that follows the rigid three-act screenplay structure that only a Hollywood newcomer could stringently abide by, and here it works
Body Heart mixes sex with murder and comes up with a steamy brew of surprises.
The great modern film noir
Overwrought, rubbishy, unrealistic, but compelling
Hurt and Turner sizzle. Thrills, Spills and Undergarments.
Kathleen Turner, twenty-five and not a stitch on her. There's other good stuff too, but does it really matter?
One of the very few "noir throwbacks" that gets everything right.
Audience Reviews for Body Heat
- Ned Racine: Me? I need tending. I need someone to take care of me. Rub my tired muscles. Smooth out my sheets.
- Matty Walker: Get married.
- Ned Racine: I just need it for tonight.
- Matty Walker: You aren't too bright. I like that in a man.
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